NEP to turn educational institutions into world-class hubs: Union Minister – Times of India

Bhubaneswar: The National Education Policy (NEP) introduced by the Modi government will transform higher education institutions into world-class centers, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said in the state capital Bhubaneswar on Friday.

The chief made the remarks while inaugurating the Pushpagiri Lecture Hall Complex and the Ishikula Hall of Residence here at IIT Bhubaneswar.

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To rethink the country’s education context, the Modi government has launched NEP, 2020 based on capacity, accessibility, equality and quality. “It is not merely a policy but a vision document for our future that aims to establish a student-centered education system by empowering students with flexibility and empowerment of choice.”

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He said that as IIT Bhubaneswar is a leading educational institution in Odisha, it should lead the effective implementation of NEP, 2020 and pave the way for holistic and multifaceted education and thereby help the poorer sections of the society.

In the spirit of ‘Nation First’, the youth will be the torchbearers of a self-reliant India in the 21st century. Pradhan said the central government has taken various steps to provide opportunities to our youth by assisting the higher education institutions in all possible ways.

The Minister expressed happiness over the inauguration of the largest lecture complex and hostel in Orissa and hoped that the additional infrastructural facilities would enable the students to strive for greater excellence. By focusing on quality research and innovation, IITs have truly become a symbol of India’s progress and success in higher education.

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He lauded the excellence and quality of education at IIT Bhubaneswar.

On this occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between RV Raja Kumar, Director, IIT Bhubaneswar and Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra, Chairman, Skills Development Institute (SDI), Bhubaneswar in the presence of Dharmendra Pradhan.

The MoU is aimed at enhancing the skills development activities of unemployed, under-employed and disadvantaged youth with technical education related to industry under the skills and guidance of IIT Bhubaneswar.

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Pradhan said the collaboration between IIT, Bhubaneswar and SDI, Bhubaneswar would help solve local problems and environmental problems in disaster-prone Orissa and thus serve as a role model for the entire country.

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